Last night, your friendly neighborhood River Stewards drove up to PDX to experience the Native Fish Society’s annual banquet and auction. Rob Russell and I rubbed elbows with the Portland fly fishing crowd and made lots of jokes about the bidding war over Jeff Hickman’s package. There were some amazing flies available on the silent auction, including some killer flies from NFS founder Bill Bakke, and a gorgeous set of traditional steelhead flies from Necanicum River Steward Peter Donahower. We also had a chance to check out the 101 Green Butt Skunks project. You can follow the North Umpqua’s Dan Callaghan memorial project on Facebook as well.
Historically a Portland-centric organization, the NFS has done a lot lately to bridge the distance with its supporters in the Eugene area. The NFS has offered moral and financial support to the McKenzie River Native Trout Coalition. And the shop reciprocated with donated trips in the auction to the McKenzie River and a saltwater fly fishing adventure with Captain Nate. If you haven’t supported this organization in the past, now is a great time to get on board and learn more about the Native Fish Society. Bill Bakke, NFS founder will be speaking to our local Trout Unlimited Chapter in May.